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Assistant/Associate Professor, Higher Education

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 28, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
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Tenured/Tenured Track
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Full Time
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Assistant/Associate Professor, Higher Education

Assistant/Associate Position: Higher Education

The College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-line Assistant or Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies. In alignment with the College's commitment to "combat and actively dismantle persistent, both cloaked and visible, systemic racism," this position has an explicit focus on anti-racist and transformative scholarship and praxis in higher education and student affairs. The faculty member will teach classes in the Higher Education program's residential master's and doctoral programs and the online master's program offered through Penn State's World Campus. We welcome applicants who conduct policy- and practice-relevant research on issues such as student learning and development; college access and student success; and higher education organizations, to name a few. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research is anchored in critical and transformative paradigms and theories such as Critical Race Theory, Critical Policy Analysis, BlackCrit, TribalCrit, LatCrit, and Black feminism, among others. Applicants with prior professional experience working in higher education or student affairs are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include: conduct nationally and internationally recognized research and scholarship; advise doctoral and master's students in the Higher Education graduate programs; seek and secure external support for research; teach courses on campus and online; and make strong linkages in the field and profession by engaging in service and outreach activities with appropriate audiences, including practitioners and policymakers.

Required qualifications: earned doctorate in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Education Policy or a related field (e.g., Counseling, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, History, Geography, Human Development, Public Policy); evidence of, or potential for, an accomplished and robust program of research; interest in obtaining external funding to support research; evidence of a commitment to equity-oriented approaches to teaching and advising, including a willingness to teach online and residentially; and evidence of, or potential for, collaboration with and mentorship of graduate students in research.

Preferred Qualifications: prior work experience in higher education or student affairs; robust record, or promising trajectory, of qualitative, quantitative, and/or mixed research methods; potential to successfully advise graduate students and supervise dissertations; and evidence of strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

Applicants must submit a cover letter documenting qualifications for the position, a current CV, up to three representative reprints or preprints of scholarly publications and contact information for at least three references (including name, address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers). Applications received by October 25th 2021 are assured full consideration; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage applications from individuals who are members of underrepresented groups. For questions, please contact: Dr. Karly Ford and Dr. LaWanda Ward, Higher Education Faculty Search Co-Chairs, and

The Pennsylvania State University: Penn State [] is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society's public and private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State has responsibility for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Penn State shares with other major research universities the traditional responsibilities to discover, develop, preserve, and disseminate knowledge.

The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York City.

The College of Education: The College of Education [] at Penn State was established in 1923 to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. It offers resident programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, online graduate degrees and certificates, and an extensive outreach effort aimed at continuing professional development for educators at distant locations. The College's research program is also extensive and College faculty members secured over $36.7 million in external support during the past three years from a wide range of national and state government agencies, private foundations, and corporations. The College and the University features many interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE). The College's location within a large, research oriented, land-grant university provides numerous opportunities for studying education from multidisciplinary perspectives in the context of a university-wide commitment to making life better for all citizens. The College houses four academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction; Education Policy Studies; Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education; and Learning and Performance Systems. The departments offer seven undergraduate majors to more than 2,250 students, and 11 graduate programs, under authority of the Graduate School, to nearly 1,000 students. Recent surveys rank the Penn State College of Education among the top colleges, schools, and departments of education in the United States.

Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS): The Department of Education Policy Studies includes one undergraduate program in Educational Policy and three graduate programs in Higher Education (where this position is situated), Educational Theory and Policy, and Educational Leadership. EPS serves more than 400 students in residential and online degree and certificate programs. The Department also hosts a dual degree program in Comparative and International Education and has a joint degree program with the Law School that simultaneously allows students to earn a JD alongside a masters or doctoral degree in EPS. The Department has a robust group of equity-minded scholars whose work aims to inform policy and practice in areas such educational access, civil rights, diversity in k-12 and higher education, inequities in resource allocation, and similar topics. We are seeking a colleague who will complement and enhance our existing commitment

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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